Kibo - Inclusive Education for Blind
Enabling visually-impaired students to Listen, Translate, Digitize & Audio'tize™ any kind of printed, handwritten & digital content across 60+ languages.
There are 6.7M visually-impaired students worldwide (age 5-18 years) that lack equal education as they cannot access printed, handwritten, and scanned-digital documents independently. While they are reliant on Braille or audiobooks, less than 1% of content is available in Braille and it takes about 30 days to audio-record a 300-page book. Additionally, late-blind students often don’t learn Braille.
Kibo is an end-to-end solution to empower blind and visually-impaired students towards inclusive education by enabling them to Listen, Translate, Digitize & Audio'tize™ printed, handwritten and even scanned, digital documents across 60 global languages.
Kibo comprises three products to address the reading learning challenges for visually-impaired students:
1. Kibo mobile application - for on-the-go, audio-based access to content
2. Kibo XS device - talking table-lamp for hardcopy printed and handwritten documents
3. Kibo Desk - web software for softcopy images and scanned PDFs
Salient features for printed, handwritten and scanned-digital documents:
1. Listen across 60 global languages
2. Translate across 100+ languages
3. Digitize to editable Unicode formats - Doc, Docx, Txt
4. Audio’tize into MP3 audio formats
Kibo uses advanced-AI and cloud-computation to deliver high speed and accuracy output to users in real-time with immersive reading-learning features such as; bookmarks, audio-highlighting, spelling-mode, content-summarization and more, delivering learning-experience on par with sighted-peers.
Kibo has 53,000 authenticated users to date; these users can be found in India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, and the United States.
380 Kibo XS devices are currently set up across schools, colleges, universities, public libraries and workplaces.
120 schools and colleges have become inclusive for blind and visually-impaired students by adopting Kibo’s products since July 2019.
Kibo is targeting a $1.8 billion global assistive technology market for visually-impaired students in the education sector. The B2B target segments include schools, colleges, libraries and NGOs. The B2C target segments include blind and low-vision students primarily in the Global South.
Cloud Partners: Kibo’s AI algorithms run on Cloud with the Google Firebase as a Cloud Partner.
Content Partners: Kibo provides a repository of 10 million+ accessible books (ePub, Daisy) to users in collaboration with Sugamya Pustakalaya and Bookshare as content partners.
Manufacturing Partners: Kibo has a well-established (4-year) relationship with manufacturing vendors who provide a streamlined supply-chain with end-to-end manufacturing
Distribution Partners: Assistive Technology distributors in India, Kenya, Thailand, US and UK who help scale the geographical presence, while ensuring quality customer support.
Incubation Partners: Generously supported by US-based Halcyon Incubator, UK-based Royal Academy of Engineering and One Young World, and India-based Digital Impact Square, Pune International Centre, IKP EDEN, Assistech Foundation, Action For India and Social Alpha.
Funding Partners: Supported through awards and grants by DBS Foundation, Prosus Group, Tata Group, JSPL Foundation, Mphasis, Social Alpha, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) - Govt. of India, Department of Science and Technology - Govt. of India, Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, and Pune International Centre.
Global Assistive-tech / Ed-tech Distributors
Guidance, mentorship and connections to plan the US distribution strategy would help streamline and fast-track the process
Organization Type: For-profit, including B-Corp or similar models
Headquarters: Bengaluru, India
Working In: India, Pakistan, Indonesia, United States, Nigeria, South Africa
Current Employees: 13
Solution Website: https://trestlelabs.comSolution Team:
Akshita Sachdeva CEO and Co-Founder, Trestle Labs